All 31 games will be televised on ESPN networks. NIT first- and second-round games, along with the quarterfinals, are held at the higher-seeded team. That year, the Bears won the championship, defeating Iowa in the title game.
OR was given a No. 3 seed to the 2018 National Invitation Tournament and will face sixth-seeded Rider Tuesday at 7 p.m.in the opening round at Matthew Knight Arena. They had only one quality win and had only six wins over teams with winning records. Boise State (23-8) earned a No. 4 seed but will travel to No. 5 Washington (20-12) because of the NCAA Tournament being played at Taco Bell Arena. Because of the vagaries of the schedule, the Cornhuskers only had one game each against the four Big Ten teams that everyone considers a lock to make the tournament - Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan.
The Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks will host an NCAA women's tournament regional this weekend as a 2 seed, opening against Seattle.
Background: The odds are certainly stacked against the Broncs, who were always going to be underdogs before the NIT selection committee opted to send them across the country for a first-round game on Tuesday night.
Then, on Sunday, Nebraska wasn't on the NCAA's eight-team list of teams battling for the final four spot. Hannah Whitish is the team's leading scorer at 12.6 points per game, while Maddie Simon and Kate Cain add 10.4 and 10.1 per contest, respectively.
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The Golden Eagles finished this season with a 19-13 record. The Huskers led the Big Ten in both field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.302) in 2017-18.
That the Huskers even made the Big Dance, in a year where little was expected of second-year coach Amy Williams' program, is a feat in itself.
The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two 20-minute halves.
Only two teams received at-large berths with 14 or more losses last season. Mississippi State hosted Nebraska in Humphrey Coliseum earlier this year for an exhibition matchup that benefitted victims of recent hurricanes.
Nebraska's only other NCAA Tournament appearance in the state of Texas was a successful one. McDonald was an All-Horizon League first-teamer who has 17 double-doubles this season.